Quick Hitter Preview: Blackhawks vs. Predators
Hawks vs. Predators – 1/8/19
After falling to the Calgary Flames on Monday night, the Hawks continue their homestand tonight against the Nashville Predators in a national TV matchup. Nashville looks to build on their two-game win streak, while the Hawks aim to get back in the win column. The season series between the two teams is currently even at one, with the home team winning both times. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM central time.
- The Blackhawks were short-handed four times on Monday night as Dylan Strome landed in the penalty box on three separate occasions. Nashville’s power play numbers (22 goals, 15.1% conversion) are not great, but the Hawks need to stay out of the box to avoid letting momentum swing in the Predators favor.
- Henri Jokiharju will return to the Blackhawks lineup tonight after missing ten games while participating in the World Junior Championships for Finland. Defenseman Brent Seabrook missed today’s morning skate with an illness and his status is questionable for tonight’s game.
- Nashville is nearing the end of a six-game road trip, with tonight being the fifth of those contests. Pekka Rinne shut out the Maple Leafs on Monday night, so the Hawks must come out of the gate quickly and pepper him with shots.
Saad – Toews – Kahun
Anisimov – Strome – Kane
DeBrincat – Kampf – Perlini
Hayden – Kruger – Caggiula
Keith – Jokiharju
Gustafsson – Seabrook (Questionable, Brandon Davidson may slot in if Seabs doesn’t play)
Dahlstrom – Murphy
Forsberg – Johansen – Arvidsson
Fiala – Sissons – Smith
Jarnkrok – Bonino – Watson
Hartman – Gaudreau – Grimaldi
Josi – Ellis
Ekholm – Subban
Hamhuis – Irwin
Laugh It Off
A game against Nashville? Time to break out the Mustard Tiger video.
— Four Feathers Podcast (@FourFeathersPod) January 9, 2019
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